Monthly Archives: February 2020

Speaking Out in Seattle Can Cost Anyone Their Job

Monday the Seattle Deputy Police Chief position became vacant “until further notice.”  This is because Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced the demotion of the then current Deputy Chief, Garth Green.  The announcement came roughly four months after Green made harsh comments about sex workers at a city council meeting.  During that meeting there was… Continue Reading »

Drug Trafficking Explained

Drug trafficking is defined as selling, transporting and/or importing illegal drugs. Another name for this crime is drug distribution. Drug distribution or trafficking laws are determined by federal laws. They penalize the selling, transportation, and illegal import of unlawful controlled substances, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and other illegal drugs. The punishment for drug… Continue Reading »

End Those Quotas

Washington citizens have always been skeptical that law enforcement agents in-and-around the state have traffic citation quotas; essentially, that their bosses mandate a certain number of citations each month and/or year. Well to combat that view (and to improve the perception of law enforcement integrity) the state Senate recently passed a bill to prevent traffic… Continue Reading »

Domestic Violence in Washington State and Beyond

We here at SQ Attorneys handle a wide range of criminal matters. One of the more common criminal charges an individual may find themselves charged with is a domestic violence related offense. Domestic violence refers to violent or abusive acts committed by one family or household member against another, such as child abuse or spousal… Continue Reading »

Why the Crackdown??

A few recent incidents signify why the government is so hell-bent on continuing to crack down on DUI’s in Washington State. First, a Clark County Deputy Sheriff was hurt this past weekend after driving directly into the path of an intoxicated driver on northbound Interstate 5.  The Deputy’s intent was to stop the motorist from… Continue Reading »

Challenges to the Death Penalty

The 1960s brought challenges to the presumed legality of capital punishment in the United States. Before then, the Constitution was interpreted as permitting the death penalty. However, in the early 1960s, it was suggested that the death penalty was a “cruel and unusual” punishment and, therefore, unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. Although it’s legal in… Continue Reading »

How to Create a Defense Strategy?

Let’s discuss the topic of establishing a defense strategy.  Coming up with a defense strategy is not as simple as telling the truth in a way that shows the defendant’s innocence. Instead, it will involve weighing witness credibility, figuring out the reputation between the community and the police as well as various other legal factors.… Continue Reading »

THC Accident Numbers UP

Recently a new study by AAA came out that shows the number has doubled for positively tested THC drivers in Washington State involved in deadly crashes, which – of course – should be expected in light of the legalization of marijuana. In the five years before legalization, an average of 56 Washington drivers involved in… Continue Reading »